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This workbook is part of a series devoted to all areas of charter-school development. The third of five workbooks, it focuses on assessment and accountability and examines such issues as academic accountability, fiscal accountability, public/parental accountability, rule compliance, assessment and evaluation, financial management, developing a business plan, and how to connect vision and mission with assessment and accountability. The text is divided into two sections. Chapter one looks at various aspects of accountability. It defines accountability, offers examples of accountability plans, discusses different types of accountability, and demonstrates how to create a culture of accountability. The next chapter explores program evaluation and student assessment and what is required in these areas of charter development. This section discusses the objective and purpose of evaluation; details different program-evaluation standards, such as utility, feasibility, propriety, and accuracy; and describes types of evaluation. It also outlines the steps for conducting an evaluation, for assessing students, for aligning standards, for selecting assessment tools, and for collecting and reporting performance data. Each chapter features a selection of "tools" that contain activities to help generate ideas, checklists to help keep track of what has been accomplished, helpful resources, and other information. (RJM)

Descriptors: Accountability, Charter Schools, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership Training, Nontraditional Education, Program Implementation, School Policy, Workbooks

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Author: Ley, Joyce


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